Principal State Attorney Harriet Angom has asked Supreme court to dismiss a bail application filed by jailed former Permanent Secretary of Local Government Ministry John Muhanguzi Kashaka on grounds that he may abscond
Principal State Attorney Harriet Angom has told the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Professor Lillian Tibatemwa that Kashaka ‘s conviction and sentence of 10 years for causing government a financial loss of 4.2 in the infamous bicycle scandal has since been confirmed by the Court of Appeal.
Angom was relying on an affidavit of Josephine Namatovu the Assistant Director of Public Prosecution who says the application should be dismissed because Kashaka is most likely to abscond since it’s now one court left to confirm his Sentence.
The Prosecutor has instead asked court to expeditiously hear Kashaka’s appeal Challenging his conviction and sentence as opposed to releasing him on bail.
On Friday, Kashaka who was in court together with his lawyer Simon Peter Kinobe presented his bail application stating that he should be released pending determination of his appeal against his ten year sentence and conviction.
Kinobe argues that the appeal has higher chances of succeeding because even the offense he was convicted of does not involve personal violence.
He has further argued that the offenses are bailable by this court adding that Kashaka has previously been granted bail by the two lower courts before and complied with all the conditions put against him.
He argued further that he has substantial sureties and a permanent fixed place of aboard within the jurisdictions of the Supreme Court.
The sureties included Money Lender Ben Kavuya who has been introduced as a cousin of Kashaka , former Director General of Internal Security Organization Dr Amos Mukumbi a close family friend and Retired Permanent Secretary of Judicial Service Commission Vincent Rubarema
The Presiding Judge, Professor Tibatemwa has told court that she will be delivering her ruling on notice.
Kashaka and four others were in 2014 convicted by then Anti Corruption Court Judge Catherine Bamugemerire and given sentences ranging from One year to 13 years in jail for their various roles in contracting a sham company , Ammam Industrial Tools and Equipment Limited AITEL to purchase 70, 000 bicycles from India.
The others are: Henry Bamutura former Principal Accountant, Timothy Musherure a Consultant , the late Robert Tumwebaze , Samuel Emorut Erongot former Commissioner in Charge of Policy and Planning and Adam Aluma ,
The group was also ordered to compensate government with 4.2 billion shillings and barred from holding a public office for ten years .
The said bicycles were to be used by Parish and Local Council Chairpersons in the 2011 general elections but to date no single bicycle was delivered.
Kashaka’s sentence has since been upheld by the Court of Appeal Judges including Hellen Obura, Elizabeth Musoke and Christopher Madrama